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The Great Lake Taupo region is home to some of the best walking and hiking trails in the world.
With a backdrop of mountains, lakes and forests wrapped in rich cultural history, there are short and long walks to suit everyone, as well as overnight and multi-day options.
Here are just a few of the best:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park - Often described as New Zealand’s best one day alpine trek, this 19.4 km tramp is simply breath-taking and covers some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll ever see.
Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls, Taupo – this two hour, easy return walk follows the scenic Waikato River to the mighty Huka Falls. Stop, soak and relax at the riverside Spa Park thermal pools at the start or finish of your walk.
Lake Rotopounamu Walking Track, Turangi – this two hour loop track circumnavigates the beautiful Lake Rotopounamu through beech forest below Mt Pihanga. A favourite amongst tree lovers, bird watchers, walkers and swimmers, and the perfect picnic spot!
The Great Lake Walkway/Lion’s Walk, Taupo – a picturesque path that winds its way along the lakeshore from Taupo Boat Harbour to Five Mile Bay (10km). Walk as far as you like then return the same way. This is an easy, flat walk for the whole family.
Mt Urchin, Kaimanawa Ranges – this challenging walk takes approximately six hours and starts off the Desert Road, climbing steadily up through the forest to the Urchin Trig (1,392m), with magnificent views of Lake Taupo and the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
Pureora Forest Park, Pureora – a hidden treasure of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife. Explore a range of trails of varying length, through stunning ancient forest.
For more visit www.GreatLakeTaupo.com/Walks